It’s been over a year, I’ve missed you!

Beautiful beings! I do hope you are all flourishing! Over the past year we have been busy getting the best education on serving you guys better, seeking the best nutritional information, learning how to decipher it all and deliver it to you in a no nonsense kind of way and putting an awesome site together! Not to mention getting hitched and adopting the most magical of cats! It really has been the most transformational year!

home page 2Come and join us over at http://clarekenty.ca! There you will find recipes, tips on how you can love your insides more, a whole new image and so much more! I truly hope you’ll stop by, sign up for our newsletter and continue on this journey with us!

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Sending you love and light beauties!
C.
xoxo

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Wintertime Makes More Reasons To Juice!

Celery, Apples, Grapefruit, Lime, Ginger, Garlic and Beets. Yum! @love_ur_insides

Celery, Apples, Grapefruit, Lime, Ginger, Garlic and Beets. Yum! @love_ur_insides

I’m sure you’ve heard it all before, all of the reasons to juice! How fabulous juicing is! There are definitely many reasons to juice! It’s like an injection of energy and vitamins! I love it!

Since it’s winter time (YAY!) that also means that some of you might have a tendency to get sick. Did you know the whole of winter is known as a cold and flu season, not only when the seasons change?

There are many ways to help build up your immune system naturally. Juicing can give you a concentrated glass of goodness to help you with that. Here are a couple of tips to help you along with knowing what to juice to help our body to protect itself.

Garlic: It doesn’t just ward off vampires! Garlic is packed with anti-septic, anti-fungal and nutritional properties which will help you to fight bacterial and viral infections. Garlic is dense in B1, B6, vitamin C and iron too. You can put garlic in your juices, one clove in 2/3 of a litre of juice will go undetected, any more than that and you’ll have a slight tinge of garlic on your tastebuds. The juice itself will do wonders for your insides. It’s well worth tasting for a few seconds.

Ginger: There are many many traditions that swear by ginger in the diet. It is known to clear out toxins in the organs, particularly the lungs. It also warms the body. Making ginger tea excellent during winter. Add ginger to your meals and also your juices!

Oregano oil: Not only is it excellent for your gut, it is also a wonderful immune booster.

Broccoli, dandelion leaves, lime, ginger, garlic, pineapple and kiwi. Delish!!  @love_ur_insides

Broccoli, dandelion leaves, lime, ginger, garlic, pineapple and kiwi. Delish!!
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Cruciferous veggies: Also known as super vegetables, they are members of the cabbage family. These vegetables in particular help the liver to flush out toxins therefore supporting immune function. Members of this family include kale, broccoli, lettuce, cabbage and brussels sprouts. Yum!

Vitamin C: A natural antioxidant, it can also act as a natural antihistamine if you do catch a cold. You can find vitamin C in many fruits and veggies, in garlic too. Some vitamin C rich foods include Kale and dark leafy greens, black currants, broccoli, chillies, kiwi fruits and strawberries.

This one might not be great for the juicer but it’s an excellent addition to your diet. Japanese mushrooms: Oyster, shiitake or enoki, Japanese mushrooms contain a very powerful anti oxidant called ergothioneine.

Happy happy juicing beautiful readers! I hope this helps you to stay warm and flu free this season!
Sending out oodles of love and light.
C. xox

Where do your eggs come from?

I’ve recently done some research about eggs. I’ve mentioned before that I absolutely love brunch and creating scrumptious breakfasts and eggs are a huge part of that for me. I think it’s important that people know the differences between eggs that we can buy.

Here’s the low-down on the many options of eggs out there:Eggs

Commercial Eggs: These eggs are from caged hens, who may have had their beaks removed. The hens  are fed feed that can contain animal byproducts and the food may have been produced with pesticides, herbicides and other chemicals. The hens are also fed antibiotics on a routine basis.

Vegetarian Eggs: Eggs from hens that are fed an all vegetarian diet. This speaks nothing about their cages or whether they are able to roam free.

Organic Eggs: Eggs produced by hens that are raised without the use of hormones and given food produced without the use of pesticides, herbicides, and other chemicals. In order for a product to be certified organic, it must meet the organic standards of the country (USDA in the States and AAFC in Canada). Organic hens are not kept in cages and they are able to have access to the outdoors.

Cage-Free: Eggs laid by hens that are not kept in cages. Cage free hens are usually kept indoors in a hen house or other large facility. They are allowed to roam freely and have free access to food and water. Their feed may contain chemicals or animal byproducts, they may be given antibiotics and hormones.

Free-Range: Free-range hens are raised outdoors without the use of cages. The hens are allowed to forage for insects and other food in addition to any feed given to them. Again, their living quarters does not speak for what feed they are given, the chemicals in the feed or the antibiotics or hormones they may be given.

Note: Vegetarian or antibiotic free eggs are not made to abide by the same rigid rules as organic eggs are. The USDA in the States and the AAFC in Canada regulate what it takes to be organic and so if it does not say organic on the label don’t assume that vegetarian, natural or antibiotic free is just as good.

It is important that we look into the food that we are eating, especially those of us who are living in places that aren’t so rural. It is equally important to read the labels and research the companies that we are buying from. In Toronto, I purchase my eggs from Rowe Farms. Their produce and their farming philosophies speak for themselves (no, I am not endorsed by them. I just love their eggs).

In anything, especially the health of you and your loved ones, it is really important to be informed about what it is that you’re consuming, from skin products to house-ware items down to the eggs you have with breakfast (or brunch in my case). The more informed we are, the better choices we are able to make for our health, the environment and our future.

Love and light beautiful ones!